Wood Duck Marquetry

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 03-03-2012 09:56 PM 3513 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I have been working on this for a while now and just finished the box. I will flock the bottom and add a tray later. But I wanted to get some pictures posted. The marquetry was done with my shop built saw and I think it turned out nice. I want to thank Kent Shepard for his tips on using the barrel hinges. The box is Cherry with walnut splines and base. It is finished with four coats of shellac and a coat of wax. Comments or suggestions welcomed.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 03-03-2012 10:23 PM

Wow! the duck is almost three dimensional, it just pops right off the box, it is so well done.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 03-03-2012 10:38 PM

That’s Great, yes the duck is almost real, Your choices in wood and the accuracy of Your work is outstanding, very artistic and tasteful with fine craftsmanship, Great Job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#3 posted 03-03-2012 10:53 PM

Wonderful work John. The duck came out really well, as did the rest of the box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 11:08 PM

Beautiful work as usual John. The duck is just wonderful.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 03-03-2012 11:17 PM


I don`t know how many of these you have made, but this is beautiful.
Have you heard of Silas Kopf?
Check out his work on his website on
What another inspiring marquetrist.
Ron Booth Sunny Hobart

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#6 posted 03-03-2012 11:29 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Max, hope you wintered well. Looking forward to spring here in Colorado.

Ron, Yes I have heard of Silas Kopf. He is way above my skill level. Something to shoot for. I have been doing marquetry for a little over a year now. It is very time consuming and you need a lot of patience, but I think the results are worth it.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#7 posted 03-04-2012 01:13 AM

Very nice work John. Your marquetry is improving with each new piece.
Keep up the great work.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 03-04-2012 01:15 AM

Super awesome box. I have a marquetry kit, DVD, knife, etc and haven’t tried it yet. Scared to fail I think.
You have given me inspiration to try it. Thanks.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#9 posted 03-04-2012 03:08 AM

You have patience and talent. Great looking box and marquetry. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 04:20 AM

Wonderful box! The marquetry is beautiful.

-- Scott

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 04:44 AM

You do beautiful work, John. I can’t think of anything better to do to de-stress and relax and enjoy your time away from law enforcement. I also want to thank you for doing what you do. Without dedicated men and women like you, we’d be in a heap of hurt. Thank you for your willingness to take the extreme risk to protect us. I speak from experience only as a volunteer at Richardson City Police Dept and a graduate of its Citizen Police Academy. Thank you.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 05:16 AM

Paul M. – Thanks for the encouragement. You do some awesome work so your comments are much appreciated.

LoneTreeCreations – Hey neighbor, thanks for the nice comments. Some day we will need to get together and have coffee and share tricks. I love your scroll work. Something I enjoy doing also. I am in Erie so if you ever get down this way let me know and maybe we can meet.

Thanks Doug. Not a lot of patience. This box took over 6 months to finish. Couldn’t stick with it and would set it aside for weeks at a time. Glad to have completed it though.

Thanks Mochasatin.

LittlePaw – You comments are very much appreciated. You have some great work. Thanks also fro the kind words. Our department just started our 2012 Citiaen Police Academy yesterday. We have a great group of men and women in our community participating. Thank you for your willingness to volunteer at the Richardson Police Department, I know they appreciate your help.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 03-04-2012 06:06 AM

John, this piece turned out really well. I really like your selection of veneer and grain orientation for the feathers. Very realistic effect.

Barrel hinges are great for boxes, very easy to install and get it right. Personally, I would have spread them out a bit closer to the corners, but that is an artistic choice.

Well done and please keep them coming!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#14 posted 03-04-2012 06:26 AM

outstanding work,beautiful.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 03-04-2012 11:23 AM

Wow, what a gorgeous box John. The box in general is so handsome. The cherry has beautiful grain and the walnut compliments it well. Then add the marquetry and it really is a striking piece. Well done!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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